Aboriginal Flag to be placed on Geelong City Hall
- Created: 25 September 2013
History was made in Geelong on Tuesday 24th September 2013, when the Greater Geelong Council passed a motion to fly the Aboriginal flag on the City Hall alongside the Australian one. Councillor Eddy Kontelj introduced the motion by saying: "we will fly the Aboriginal flag prominently, proudly and permanently in Geelong".
Members and staff of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-op alongside One Fire Reconciliation Group members were there to hear and applaud the decision. Work will be done to put up the new flag poles, and we look forward to the flag raising and celebrations.
Geelong Reconciliation Activities 2013
- Created: 07 June 2013
Reconciliation Week was strong and encouraging in Geelong this year.
Myranda Tournier: a young woman from Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative, co-ordinated the event with support from other members of the Working Group.
We received some good media coverage: newspapers & radio, plus increased support from politicians. The Mayor: Keith Fagg raised the flag with Uncle David Tournier at Reconciliation in the Park, and the activities included boomerang making, music from Jayden Lillyst, information on Constitutional Recognition with Morgan Coleman (photo below), the new booklet: The Wadda Wurrung people and the launch of a new podcast: ‘Johnston Park Dreaming’ – see ‘Djillong local history page of this website.
Geelong Gallery supported local schools to receive basket making skills, and with some beautiful paintings the art work from four schools was shown at the Gallery plus 3 local libraries during the week.
Thanks to City of Greater Geelong, Reconciliation Victoria and Reconciliation Australia for grants towards the event.
RECONCILIATION IN THE PARK - Sunday 2nd June 2013
- Created: 12 May 2013
10am to 3pm
Sunday June 2nd 2013
Celebrate & recognise our unique Australian Aboriginal Culture
Daphne Yarram speaks on Constitutional Recognition - Waurn Ponds Library 30th April 2013
- Created: 04 March 2013
Join the conversation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Constitutional recognition. Daphne Yarram, Board Member, National Congress of First People will speak about this next step for reconciliation, linked to history of Djillong - our local Aboriginal history.
Time: Tuesday 30 April 2013 at 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Waurn Ponds Library
Recognise – 13th February 2013
The campaign launch connected with the passing of the Act for Recognition in Parliament: House of Representatives
Tanya Hosch - Recognise Deputy Campaign Director
“A movement is growing to recognise the long and impressive first chapter of Australia’s national story, and banish the lingering stain of discrimination from our Constitution; including the section that still says that the States can ban people from voting based on their race.”
Jason Grenville - CEO National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
“It’s a choice about whether we continue to live apart from one another, or we set off on the next chapter of our national story on a new footing of recognition and acknowledgement.”
Geelong Constitutional Recognition Project
- Created: 06 February 2013
GOFRG has received a grant from Reconciliation Australia to do a small local project to raise awareness about the potential referendum to change the Australian Constitution.
See the 'Recognise' website for updates on referendum activity - http://recognise.org.au/.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Peoples Recognition Bill
- Created: 03 December 2012
On 28th November 2012 the Australian Government took an important step towards recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s Constitution with the introduction of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill 2012 into Parliament.
This Act of Recognition provides an opportunity for Parliament to show its support and commitment to constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples.